2017 Mississippi legislative session begins

Typically, the opening day of a session is mostly pomp and ceremony and devoid of much legislative work or debate, but that wasn’t the case Tuesday, as Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, tried to get the Senate to take up a bill he filed. He was trying to remove a measure dropped into an appropriation bill last year that prohibits the Department of Education or school districts from providing any money to the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents.

Bryan said the House slipped the technical amendment in at the end of 2016 session.

“It wasn’t right,” Bryan said. “We need to correct that mistake.”

Bryan wanted his bill to skip the committee process and be taken up by the full Senate immediately. After some debate, the Senate on a voice vote sent Bryan’s bill to the Appropriations Committee as per the usual process.

Clarion Ledger
1/3/17